It has been a good week for Florence Freedoms first baseman Connor Crane and Joliet Slammers right-hander Daren Osby as they have own week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Pointstreak chose these awards as they are the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Crane had won his first Player of the Week award in the final week of 2019. He had ended the week on a high as he hit .471 with a 1.245 OPS. In five games, Crane had eight hits, including three triples, drove in eight and stole four bases. The Freedom slugger recorded a hit and RBI in all five games during the week and in 8 straight games.
The 25-year old is in his first full season with the Freedom and second overall. He had hit .260 on the season with 11 home runs and drove in 61. He had raised his batting average since the beginning of August. His batting averaged 47 points with 28 hits and 17 RBI. The Parker, Colorado native is in his 4th professional season after finishing his college career at McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Osby has been chosen as the Pitcher of the Week. This is his first Pitcher of the Week of 2019. In his one start, he pitched a 10 inning complete game. He had such an amazing streak that he gave only one run on 118 pitches. The righty struck out 12 while only giving up 5 hits, giving him a .5 WHIP and a .147 batting average against. Osby is 3-1 in his last five starts with a 2.75 ERA. During that 36 innings stretch, he has struck out 43 and only walked 10.
The Frontier League is in its 27th season in 2019 and features ten teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to the Great Lakes. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 37 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.